A girl stands before a wire, anxious about walking across the tightrope that is so far above the ground.
The wind whips her cheeks and the thunder clouds growl – but she knows she needs to walk it.
Courage, confidence and self belief are strong themes throughout this picture book – but they all come with something else – support from those around you.
We can all have confidence, courage and belief in ourselves but none of this will continue to reign if others around us do not support us.
The young girl in this story is experiencing something that many young children will go through at any time of their life – anxiety, self doubt and loss of confidence. The wire represents the hard times, times when we have to try something new or events that make us uncomfortable. But, with the support of those we love, out toes can curl around the wire a little bit tighter, we can stand a little bit taller and we can walk a little bit more confidently.
Girl on a Wire is a simple yet inspiring story.
Accompanied by the painted illustrations of Elise Hurst, with colours that represent the girls thoughts, we can not only read how the girl is feeling, we can also see how she is feeling.
Girl on a Wire is a an excellent story to start conversations about self confidence and the power of believing in yourself . It is also a story to encourage the awareness that we can allow those who you trust to help support you too – we don’t need to do it all alone.
So what else can you do with this book?
– Explore with your child people who they trust to help them when they need support.
– Explore times we they have asked for support – did it help?
– Explore times when they didn’t ask for support – what happened, could you still do this big task? Could support have helped you?
– ACTIVITY: Draw a wire between two buildings and at one end write something that you really want to be able to do. Along the wire write down the people who need to be there to support you and the things you need to do in order to achieve this goal.
– What do you think the feathers represent? What is a symbol for you to help you get through the tough times?
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